Research Training Opportunities

Research Specializations

  • Head and neck cancer therapy and reconstruction
  • Otologic processes
  • Inner ear development and cell regeneration
  • Hair cell function
  • Pediatric diseases
  • Facial reconstruction

Research Programs

Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP) in Otolaryngology

OHNS residents in this program have two years to pursue research after PGY2. This program brings researchers from diverse departments together in collaboration with the common goal of overcoming diseases in otolaryngology. 

Laboratory Facilities

Wet laboratory space, imaging and auditory function core facilities, as well as hands-on mentoring are readily available for interested residents. 

The Veterans Affairs-Palo Alto Hospital houses an auditory physiology laboratory, and tissue culture facilities for resident projects.

On-site basic research laboratories at Stanford include:

  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
    (tumor biology and gene therapy)
  • Tumor Biology Laboratory
    (quantifying tumor oxygen tension)
  • Wound Healing & Tissue Engineering Laboratory
    (cellular mechanisms to improve healing and in vitro production of autologous implants).

Collaborative Research

Basic scientists in the OHNS Research laboratories investigate regeneration of inner ear cell types with stem cell and drug candidate-based approaches; their research focuses on the molecular and biophysical makeup of sensory hair cell function.

Our scientists also work in conjunction with clinicians and chemical engineers on the improved coupling of auditory neurons with cochlear implant electrodes.

Resident Research Symposium

Every June, we host a resident research forum in which each resident (PGY2-5) gives a research presentation on a current or planned research project.  Prizes are awarded for the best presentation.